• Reflections on a Jewish Journey and the Choices Ahead

    By Rabbi Rich Kirschen, Director Now that the NFTY in Israel journey has ended, another journey is beginning. Once your teens have rested and have had a chance to catch up with the family and friends they missed over the summer, it will be well worth your while to help these world travelers reflect on […]


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  • On the Wings of Eagles

    By Rabbi Rich Kirschen, Director So much of our trip this summer is dedicated to experiential Jewish learning and Jewish identity formation. NFTY in Israel presents an itinerary that tells the epic, 3,000-year-old, story of the Jewish people; or what Israelis call from Bible to Bibi! Just as it is important for these teens to […]


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  • Why I Chose Gadna: An Israeli Defense Force Training

    By Sloan Salinas, Bus 1 Participant I had never felt certain about doing the army. Some people are positive that they’re going to go into the navy or the air force or some branch of the military. While I hadn’t ruled out the possibility, I was never one of those people. So when I was […]


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  • NFTY in Israel: A Reform Jewish Journey

    By Rabbi Rich Kirschen, Director As you are reading this, our teens are preparing for Shabbat services in the Galilee, on the Mediterranean coast, in Jerusalem and even in Krakow, Poland. This has been an intensive week for all our participants who have been exploring and learning about a remarkable array of ideas and events. […]


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  • Chavayot on Bus 1: Yam L’Yam

    The Yam L’Yam (Sea to Sea) hike is one of several elective options, or chavayot, that NFTY in Israel teens choose from to pursue their own interests and make new friends. Learn more at https://nftyisrael.org/north-american-trips/ldor-vdor/ Why I chose Yam l’Yam (Sea to Sea) By Zach Galloway  I chose yam l’yam (sea to sea) for my chavaya […]


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  • Chavayot on Bus 1: Gadna

    Why I Chose Gadna By Wellington Rothschild Why did I pick Gadna? A question that gets asked a lot. For me, I come from a military family. The clocks in my home back in Colorado all run on military time, and my father frequently uses military codes for instruction. The military is something I grew […]


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  • The Obligation of Asking Questions

    By Rabbi Rich Kirschen, Director Tonight, some of our teens will be spending Shabbat in the city of Krakow, Poland while others will be experiencing morning prayer in the Negev desert. Other teens will be saying kiddush surrounded by the rolling hills of the Galilee, and then there are those teens who will be saying […]


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  • 5 tips to survive the desert

    By Emily Kremer, Bus 1 Participant 1. push yourself whether you think you’re too tired to go on another hike, or it’s too gross to do your business behind a mountain, don’t be afraid of doing something a little outside of your comfort zone. 2. watch your step the desert is home to many different […]


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